Reports on Mexico

HOJA INFORMATIVA: La Iniciativa Mérida

“La Iniciativa Mérida se caracteriza por no tener una perspectiva basada en los derechos humanos, una táctica de seguridad que confunde la seguridad de los estados con la seguridad de los seres humanos… Es tiempo de que la comunidad internacional deje de apoyar políticas sin visión del futuro como estas.” – Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustin Pro Juárez

FACT SHEET: The Mérida Initiative/Plan Mexico

“The Mérida Initiative is characterized by a lack of a human rights perspective, a human security approach that mistakes the security of states for the security of human beings…It is time for the international community to stop supporting short-sighted policies such as this one.” Miguel Agustín, Pro Juárez Human Rights Center.

HOJA INFORMATIVA: El Tráfico de Armas entre Estados Unidos y México

Hay una guerra en la frontera entre dos carteles. ¿Qué necesitan para pelear esa guerra? Armas. ¿A dónde las consiguen? Aquí (EE.UU.)” -William Newell, Departamento de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas y Explosivos, Agente Especial a cargo de la Oficina de Phoenix

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Mexico Arms Trafficking

“There is a war going on the border between two cartels. What do they need to fight that war? Guns. Where do they get them? From here [the U.S.]” -William Newell, ATF, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Office

The Missing Link: NAFTA and Immigration Reform

There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and, as Marco’s story demonstrates, there are many more who have lived in the States but are now back in their home countries. With U.S. Comprehensive Immigration Reform high on the current congressional agenda, it is crucial that we ground our understanding of the issue in people’s stories and lived experiences.

DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Faces of Migration

Witness for Peace’s Mexico-based International Team partnered with documentarian Kate Fenner to bring you the following three documentary shorts.
Josefina Reyes was assassinated with a gunshot to the head outside her barbeque stand last January. Her crime? Protesting the U.S.-backed war on drugs that has killed almost 35,000 Mexicans since 2006.
FACT SHEET: the Merida Initiative
March 31st, 2011

What’s NOT working in the U.S. War on Drugs?
FACT SHEET: Free Trade and Forced Migration
December 20th, 2010

An overview of how free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA drive immigration to the United States.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Reduction in Military Funding to Mexico Doesn’t Go Far Enough
October 4th, 2010

On the heels of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees and the massacre of 71 migrants in Tamaulipas, Witness for Peace’s Mexico-based International Team reports on the economic and military policies influencing immigrants.
VIDEO: Migrating Towards Understanding
June 30th, 2010

See what a New York police officer learns about the roots of migration when he travels to Mexico in this WFP documentary.
VIDEO: Witness the Roots of Migration
June 10th, 2010

A documentary following a group from North Carolina as they come face to face with the roots of migration in Mexico.
POLICY ANALYSIS: New Phase of the Mérida Initiative Brings the Same Violence
May 25th, 2010

The United States has failed to change course in the war on drugs, despite indicators that the Mérida Initiative is doing more harm than good.
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: Paola Gutierrez Galindo Discusses NAFTA’s Influence on Immigration
November 16th, 2009

Hailing from Oaxaca, Mexico, Galindo holds a degree in Indigenous Law and focuses on the impact of migration on identity and family in Oaxacan indigenous communities. In this article she explains how immigration affects her home community.
THE HUMAN FACE: NAFTA at 15
October 21st, 2009

An estimated 4.13 million people have left Mexico since the decimation of over ten million farming jobs due to NAFTA and related economic reforms. This is one man’s story.
POLICY ANALYSIS: NAFTA at 15
October 7th, 2009

How was NAFTA has failed to live up to its promises of bringing growth and prosperity to Mexico?
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Military Aid to Mexico
May 12th, 2009

Military aid to Mexico is exacerbating violence but doing little to curb drug trafficking.
VIDEO: Merida Initiative 101
March 23rd, 2009

Watch WFP organizer Ben Beachy break down the Merida Initiative in the context of Mexico’s escalating violence.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How the Merida Initiative Jeopardizes Human Rights
March 17th, 2009

The Merida Initiative is supposed to combat organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America. But the Initiative’s focus on a military aid has human rights advocates worried.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How U.S. Policy Drives Immigration from Mexico
August 25th, 2008

Why are people like Fidel Santiago Martinez risking their lives to immigrate to the U.S.?
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: On the Migrant Trail
July 29th, 2008

How can the United States force people to risk their lives crossing a desert and then call them criminals or collateral damage when they do or don’t survive the test?
POLICY ANALYSIS: Hemisphere for Sale – An Epidemic of Unfair Trade in the Americas
June 15th, 2008

An overview of the impacts of NAFTA in Mexico and the threat of the expanding free trade model in the hemisphere.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Bush Promotes Free Trade in Mexico Meetings
April 2nd, 2008

An report by Robert Saper, a Witness for Peace International Team member based in Mexico.